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Letters - Nov-Dec 2012 -- FPM

Dec 1, 2012 - ...due to an increase in gastrointestinal hemorrhage and by women ages 55 to 64 years when the potential benefit due to a reduction in ischemic stroke outweighs the potential harm due to an increase in gastrointestinal hemorrhage. The corrected algorithm, includes A- and B-rated...

Family Practice Management : Letters

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2012/1100/p6c.html

AAFP News - Dec 1, 2012 - American Family Physician

Dec 1, 2012 - Selected policy and health issues news briefs from AAFP News Now.

American Family Physician : AAFP News: AFP Edition

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/1201/p1005.html

Diagnosis of Deep Venous Thrombosis and Pulmonary Embolism - American Family Physician

Nov 15, 2012 - Venous thromboembolism manifests as deep venous thrombosis (DVT) or pulmonary embolism, and has a mortality rate of 6 to 12 percent. Well-validated clinical prediction rules are available to determine the pretest probability of DVT and pulmonary embolism. When the likelihood of DVT is ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/1115/p913.html

Top 20 Research Studies of 2011 for Primary Care Physicians - American Family Physician

Nov 1, 2012 - In 2011, through regular surveillance of more than 100 English-language research journals, a group of seven clinicians identified approximately 250 studies with the potential to improve the practice of primary care physicians and the outcomes of patients (designated as POEMs ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/1101/p835.html

AACE Releases Guidelines for Menopausal Hormone Therapy - Practice Guidelines - ...

Nov 1, 2012 - Menopause is diagnosed in women who have not had menses for one year. The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) convened a task force to review available evidence on therapies for menopausal symptoms. The task force's guidelines include recommendations for prescribing...

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/1101/p864.html

Correction - Corrections - American Family Physician

Nov 1, 2012 - ...Transient Ischemic Attack: Part II. Risk Factor Modification and Treatment (page 527) was ambiguous and listed incorrect answers in the answer box (page 576). The case scenario described in the question should have more clearly indicated that the patient was at low risk of stroke,...

American Family Physician : Corrections

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/1101/p802.html

Poems & Tips From Other Journals - American Family Physician

Nov 1, 2012 - ...are at high risk of bleeding and/or stroke. It is worth pulling the article to review Figure 3, which can be used to guide point-of-care decision-making. (Level of Evidence: 2b) Reference: Shah SV, Gage BF. Cost-effectiveness of dabigatran for stroke prophylaxis in atrial...

American Family Physician : Tip

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/1101/ot1.html

Tips From Other Journals - American Family Physician

Nov 1, 2012 - ...syndrome. There was no difference between the groups in all-cause mortality, cardiovascular death, nonfatal myocardial infarction or stroke, or stent thrombosis. At two years, the event rate for the primary end point was 10.1 percent for the 24-month treatment group and 10.0 percent...

American Family Physician : Tip

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/1101/p853.html

Tips From Other Journals - American Family Physician

Nov 1, 2012 - ...versus 4.0 days; P < .001). Adverse events, such as clinically significant bleeding, were similar between groups. No myocardial infarctions, strokes, or deaths were reported at the 30-day follow-up. Conclusion: Compared with placebo, a single dose of rectal indomethacin...

American Family Physician : Tip

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/1101/p853a.html

Poems & Tips From Other Journals - American Family Physician

Nov 1, 2012 - ...mmol/L (20 mg/dL). The annual rate of major vascular events (cardiovascular death, nonfatal myocardial infarction, revascularization, or stroke) was 4.5% in the intensive therapy group and 5.3% in the less intense therapy group (number needed to treat [NNT] = 200 per year). Of the...

American Family Physician : Tip

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/1101/ot4.html

Poems & Tips From Other Journals - American Family Physician

Nov 1, 2012 - ...< .001; NNT = 100). There were significant reductions in death due to myocardial infarction, and nonsignificant reductions in deaths due to stroke and non-CVD causes. Incident cancers and rhabdomyolosis were not significantly increased in statin groups. There was a slight increase...

American Family Physician : Tip

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/1101/ot5.html

Rivaroxaban (Xarelto) for Prevention of Thromboembolic Events - STEPS - American Family...

Oct 15, 2012 - In patients at high risk of stroke because of nonvalvular atrial fibrillation, rivaroxaban is as safe and effective as warfarin. However, it should not be used in patients at risk of stroke for reasons other than nonvalvular atrial fibrillation until research shows its relative safety ...

American Family Physician : STEPS

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/1015/p768.html

Update on the Management of Chronic Kidney Disease - American Family Physician

Oct 15, 2012 - Chronic kidney disease is common and associated with significant morbidity. Given the high risk of cardiovascular morbidity and mortality in patients with chronic kidney disease, it is important to identify and treat related risk factors. However, there is growing uncertainty about the ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/1015/p749.html

Chronic Atrial Fibrillation - Clinical Evidence Handbook - American Family Physician

Oct 15, 2012 - What are the effects of oral medical treatments to control heart rate in patients with chronic (longer than one week) nonvalvular atrial fibrillation? What is the effect of different treatment strategies for patients with persistent nonvalvular atrial fibrillation?

American Family Physician : Clinical Evidence Handbook

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/1015/p757.html

Transient Ischemic Attack: Part I. Diagnosis and Evaluation - American Family Physician

Sep 15, 2012 - Transient ischemic attack is defined as transient neurologic symptoms without evidence of acute infarction. It is a common and important risk factor for future stroke, but is greatly underreported. Common symptoms are sudden and transient, and include unilateral paresis, speech ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/0915/p521.html

Transient Ischemic Attack: Part II. Risk Factor Modification and Treatment - American ...

Sep 15, 2012 - Interventions following a transient ischemic attack are aimed at preventing a future episode or stroke. Hypertension, current smoking, obesity, physical inactivity, diabetes mellitus, and dyslipidemia are all well-known risk factors, and controlling these factors can have dramatic ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/0915/p527.html

Letters on Management of Ischemic Stroke - Letters to the Editor - American Family ...

Sep 15, 2012 - ...Letters on Management of Ischemic Stroke Am Fam Physician. 2012 Sep 15;86(6):492-493. Original Article: Subacute Management of Ischemic Stroke Issue Date: December 15, 2011 Available at: https://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/1215/p1383.html to the editor: The authors of this article state...

American Family Physician : Letter

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/0915/p492.html

Pediculosis and Scabies: A Treatment Update - American Family Physician

Sep 15, 2012 - Pediculosis and scabies are caused by ectoparasites. Pruritus is the most common presenting symptom. Head and pubic lice infestations are diagnosed by visualization of live lice. Finding nits (louse egg shells) alone indicates a historical infestation. A no nit policy for schools and ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/0915/p535.html

Transient Ischemic Attack - American Family Physician

Sep 15, 2012 - ...Transient Ischemic Attack Am Fam Physician. 2012 Sep 15;86(6):1. See related articles on transient ischemic attack: diagnosis and evaluation and transient ischemic attack: risk factor modification and treatment. What is a transient ischemic attack (TIA)? A transient ischemic...

American Family Physician : Patient Handout

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/0915/p521-s1.html

Evaluation of Asymptomatic Atrial Fibrillation - FPIN's Clinical Inquiries - American ...

Sep 15, 2012 - In hemodynamically stable patients without acute chest pain, the evaluation and treatment of atrial fibrillation should not change based on symptoms alone.

American Family Physician : FPIN's Clinical Inquiries

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/0915/od1.html

How Do Clinical Practice Guidelines Go Awry? - AFP Journal Club - American Family ...

Sep 15, 2012 - Many guidelines are dominated by recommendations from experts and are not based on sound clinical studies. The development of clinical practice guidelines needs to be transparent and devoid of commercial, financial, and political influences. Physicians should also be wary of outdated ...

American Family Physician : AFP Journal Club

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/0915/p514.html

Lice and Scabies - American Family Physician

Sep 15, 2012 - ...Next: Transient Ischemic Attack View the full table of contents >> Home / Journals / afp / Vol. 86/No. 6(September 15, 2012) / Lice and Scabies

American Family Physician : Patient Handout

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/0915/p535-s1.html

Treatment of Childhood and Adolescent Depression - American Family Physician

Sep 1, 2012 - Major depressive disorder in children and adolescents is a common condition that affects physical, emotional, and social development. Risk factors include a family history of depression, parental conflict, poor peer relationships, deficits in coping skills, and negative thinking. ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/0901/p442.html

Diagnosis and Management of IBS in Adults - American Family Physician

Sep 1, 2012 - Irritable bowel syndrome is defined as abdominal discomfort or pain associated with altered bowel habits for at least three days per month in the previous three months, with the absence of organic disease. In North America, the prevalence of irritable bowel syndrome is 5 to 10 percent ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/0901/p419.html

Evaluation of First Nonfebrile Seizures - American Family Physician

Aug 15, 2012 - Nonfebrile seizures may indicate underlying disease or epilepsy. The patient history can often distinguish epileptic seizures from nonepileptic disorders by identifying the events directly preceding the convulsion, associated conditions, and details of the seizure, including triggers, ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/0815/p334.html

Rethinking the Difficult Patient Encounter -- FPM

Aug 1, 2012 - Before you can help a difficult patient, you may need to change how you view that person.

Family Practice Management : Articles

https://www.aafp.org/fpm/2012/0700/p17.html

The "ARB-MI Paradox": Real or a Fluke? - AFP Journal Club - American Family Physician

Jul 15, 2012 - The Journal Club authors discuss what factors make this meta-analysis, designed to determine whether the ARB-MI paradox is real or a statistical fluke, successful.

American Family Physician : AFP Journal Club

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/0715/p136.html

Choosing Wisely: Top Interventions to Improve Health and Reduce Harm, While Lowering ...

Jul 15, 2012 - Initially sponsored by nine medical specialty societies, the campaign consists of specialty-specific top-five lists of common tests and procedures that are often performed unnecessarily, when they are not likely to improve a patient's health. The primary focus of the campaign is to ...

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/0715/p128.html

Adding ACE Inhibitors or ARBs to Standard Therapy for Stable Ischemic Heart Disease - ...

Jul 1, 2012 - Are there clinical advantages to augmenting standard therapy for stable ischemic heart disease with an angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor or angiotensin receptor blocker (ARB)?

American Family Physician : Implementing AHRQ Effective Health Care Reviews

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/0701/p21.html

AAFP News - Jul 1, 2012 - American Family Physician

Jul 1, 2012 - Selected policy and health issues news briefs from AAFP News Now.

American Family Physician : AAFP News: AFP Edition

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/0701/p13.html

Transient Ischemic Attack: The Rules Have Changed - AFP Journal Club - American Family ...

Jun 15, 2012 - This scientific guideline includes three game changers for physicians regarding TIA. The Journal Club authors discuss why physicians should be wary of clinical guidelines that are based on expert opinion.

American Family Physician : AFP Journal Club

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/0615/p1179.html

Diagnosis and Evaluation of Heart Failure - American Family Physician

Jun 15, 2012 - Heart failure is a common clinical syndrome characterized by dyspnea, fatigue, and signs of volume overload, which may include peripheral edema and pulmonary rales. Heart failure has high morbidity and mortality rates, especially in older persons. Many conditions, such as coronary ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/0615/p1161.html

ACP Recommendations for VTE Prophylaxis in Hospitalized Patients - Practice Guidelines ...

Jun 15, 2012 - Most hospitalized patients have at least one risk factor for venous thromboembolism (VTE), such as pulmonary embolism or deep venous thrombosis. The American College of Physicians (ACP) has released guidelines on VTE prophylaxis in hospitalized, nonsurgical patients, including those ...

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/0615/p1204.html

Update on Acute Ankle Sprains - American Family Physician

Jun 15, 2012 - Ankle sprains are a common problem seen by primary care physicians, especially among teenagers and young adults. Most ankle sprains are inversion injuries to the lateral ankle ligaments, although high sprains representing damage to the tibiofibular syndesmosis are becoming increasingly ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/0615/p1170.html

Cervical Cancer - Clinical Evidence Handbook - American Family Physician

Jun 15, 2012 - What are the effects of interventions to prevent cervical cancer? What are the effects of interventions to manage early-stage cervical cancer? What are the effects of additional interventions to manage bulky early-stage cervical cancer?

American Family Physician : Clinical Evidence Handbook

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/0615/p1186.html

Risk Stratification of Patients Presenting with Syncope - Point-of-Care Guides - ...

Jun 1, 2012 - A previous Point-of-Care Guide addressed risk stratification in patients with syncope and described two validated clinical decision rules. Shared variables between the two rules included abnormal findings on electrocardiography (ECG) and a history of congestive heart failure; other ...

American Family Physician : Point-of-Care Guides

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/0601/p1047.html

The Door to Recovery: Overcoming Drug and Alcohol Addiction - Close-ups - American ...

Jun 1, 2012 - The personal side of medicine told from the patient's perspective. The patient's story is followed by commentary from a physician and a list of resources.

American Family Physician : Close-ups

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/0601/p1034.html

ACCF/AHA Update Peripheral Artery Disease Management Guideline - Practice Guidelines - ...

May 15, 2012 - The American College of Cardiology Foundation (ACCF) and American Heart Association (AHA) have updated their 2005 guideline on the management of peripheral artery disease (PAD) based on new data, with particular focus on lower extremity and abdominal aortic disease. Recommendations for ...

American Family Physician : Practice Guidelines

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/0515/p1000.html

AAFP News - May 15, 2012 - American Family Physician

May 15, 2012 - Selected policy and health issues news briefs from AAFP News Now.

American Family Physician : AAFP News: AFP Edition

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/0515/p953.html

Diabetic Nephropathy--The Family Physician's Role - American Family Physician

May 1, 2012 - Nearly one-half of persons with chronic kidney disease have diabetes mellitus. Diabetes accounted for 44 percent of new cases of kidney failure in 2008. Diabetic nephropathy, also called diabetic kidney disease, is associated with significant macrovascular risk, and is the leading cause...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/0501/p883.html

Diagnosis and Management of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder in Adults - ...

May 1, 2012 - Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder in childhood can persist into adulthood in at least 30 percent of patients, with 3 to 4 percent of adults meeting the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 4th ed., diagnostic criteria. A number of conditions, such as thyroid ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/0501/p890.html

Tips From Other Journals - American Family Physician

Apr 1, 2012 - ...daily therapy with 0.625 mg of conjugated equine estrogen (Premarin) or placebo, was stopped one year early because of an increased risk of stroke. During the intervention phase, women in the intervention group took estrogen for a median of 5.9 years. In this planned...

American Family Physician : Tip

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/0401/p727a.html

Tips From Other Journals - American Family Physician

Apr 1, 2012 - ...Background: The incidence of hypertension-induced heart failure is as common as that of stroke, especially in patients with diabetes mellitus, older persons, and those at higher risk of cardiovascular disease. Numerous trials have shown that all principal antihypertensive agents...

American Family Physician : Tip

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/0401/ot2.html

Rivaroxaban vs. Warfarin for Stroke Prevention in Patients with Nonvalvular Atrial ...

Mar 15, 2012 - How does rivaroxaban compare with warfarin for stroke prevention in patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation? This study concluded that rivaroxaban is noninferior to warfarin. However, noninferiority trials do not meet the same rigorous design and statistical format of traditional ...

American Family Physician : AFP Journal Club

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/0315/p577.html

Thrombocytopenia - American Family Physician

Mar 15, 2012 - Thrombocytopenia is defined as a platelet count of less than 150 × 103 per µL. It is often discovered incidentally when obtaining a complete blood count during an office visit. The etiology usually is not obvious, and additional investigation is required. Patients with platelet counts ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/0315/p612.html

Promoting Smoking Cessation - American Family Physician

Mar 15, 2012 - Cigarette smoking causes significant morbidity and mortality in the United States. Physicians can use the five A’s framework (ask, advise, assess, assist, arrange) to promote smoking cessation. All patients should be asked about tobacco use and assessed for motivation to quit at every ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/0315/p591.html

Providing Confidential Care for Adolescents - Editorials - American Family Physician

Mar 15, 2012 - Adolescents are generally healthy, but they commonly present with high-risk behaviors that are often missed by physicians. Without confidentiality, teenagers may avoid seeking services for sensitive health care needs.

American Family Physician : Editorials

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/0315/p556.html

Bipolar Disorders: A Review - American Family Physician

Mar 1, 2012 - Bipolar disorders are common, disabling, recurrent mental health conditions of variable severity. Onset is often in late childhood or early adolescence. Patients with bipolar disorders have higher rates of other mental health disorders and general medical conditions. Early recognition ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/0301/p483.html

Implementing Advance Directives in Office Practice - American Family Physician

Mar 1, 2012 - Patients prepare advance directives in an effort to maintain autonomy during periods of incapacity or at the end of life. Advance directive documents are specific to the state in which the patient lives, but an effective strategy in the family physician’s office involves more than ...

American Family Physician : Article

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/0301/p461.html

Responses to Article on Benefits of Slowing Global Warming - Letters to the Editor - ...

Mar 1, 2012 - ...effects and potential for loss of central thermoregulatory set-point place our homeless population at very high risk for death from heat stroke. Global warming is clearly a contributing factor. Physicians can make a difference by appropriately advising their patients who take these...

American Family Physician : Letter

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/0301/p427.html

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